Police protected thugs who attacked CPC workers - JVP


By Ajith Alahakoon and Akitha Perera

Chief Opposition Whip and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday that police had given protection to thugs who attacked the striking workers of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) on Wednesday.

Participating in a debate on the government’s decision to declare petroleum sector as an essential service to counter petroleum workers’ strike against the proposed handover of Hambantota and Trincomalee oil tank farms to China and India, the JVP leader said that the government sponsored thugs had brutally assaulted the strikers while the police looked the other way.

Dissanayake said that the Officer in Charge of Welikada police had assaulted a trade unionist while the latter was in police custody. "The unionist is a highly educated person by the name of Ranwala. He was arrested with other union leaders and taken to the Welikada police station. There, the OIC grabbed Ranwala by his neck and hit him. Later, Ranwala lodged a complaint with police headquarters. We call upon the government and the IGP to take action against this act. An investigation into the Welikada OIC’s conduct must be conducted after he is arrested."

Dissanayake demanded to know from Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe whether the latter condoned goon attacks on striking workers while the police looked on. "Wickremesinghe often talks about the democracy and the UK Parliament as if he were the ‘father of democracy’. We would like to know his position on Wednesday’s incident."

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